1 The Bridgehampton Historical Society invited us to meet at their restoration site (The Nathanial Rogers /Hopping House ) . Director Eilertsen guided the group through the history of the house and described the financial progress to date for funds to pay for the restoration of the house. He said that through the efforts of Southampton Town , New York State, and the generosity of many supporters from the community, work had started at the site. He expects that the exterior of the house will have been restored and protected by the end of the summer. The next stage will be to secure the finances needed to complete the restoration of the interior. The house is a valuable historic asset. With its surrounding open acreage, it will be the eastern gateway to Bridgehampton hamlet
2 Dr. Lois Favre, Superintendent Bridgehampton School District and Business Manager, Robert Hauser, discussed the 2011 proposed school district budget . In spite of its small enrollment the school is mandated by New York State to adhere to programs requirements , staffing provisions , and facilities practices that are the same as those mandated for higher enrollment institutions . A comparison of relative cost burdens shows that the Bridgehampton School District , in spite of its small enrollment, suffers financially. At the same time it appears it is the position of the Superintendent, the School Board, and School Business Department that there are no meaningful areas of the Bridgehampton School District expenditures for the year 2010 that can be reduced in the2011 proposed budget without damaging the quality of education provided presently to its approximately 180 student population enrolled in classes K-12. The effect upon Bridgehampton School District taxpayers is that a no increase of services 2011 budget , called a “roll-over budget”, will require a tax increase of 5.6% on all Bridgehampton tax payers.. Although the school has a high per student cost, resulting from its low student enrollment, the assessment rate for Bridgehampton School District taxpayers is lower than in other Southampton Town K-12 school districts, as well as in school districts further west on Long Island.
The Bridgehampton CAC was supportive of the School District presentation. Comments from members emphasized their hopes that the school would broaden programs that would benefit graduates as they move on into higher education and career roles. There were offers from members to volunteer their services as tutors and mentors to the school
3 The US Post Office maintains a database that online vendors use and that credit card companies use to verify addresses for various reasons. The Bridgehampton postal district has no RFD services. Therefore inaccurate or simply no information about certain streets and home addresses can be found in the database. .
The CAC voted to contact the regional USPS office (in Happaugue) and ask that the data base relative to Bridgehampton’s Postal District be corrected and updated. Vice Chair , Steve Steinberg , offered to pursue this resolution.
4—A frustrating traffic/parking situation exists at the two Town Beaches in Bridgehampton — The CAC members expressed dismay that the present parking regulations and fees continue to restrict the ability of Bridgehampton residents to reach the beaches even though they pay property taxes to do so and pay a fee for an annual permit. This problem has existed for years. Jeff Mansfield has agreed to pursue this issue along with the support of Councilwoman Nancy Graboski.
5. Citarella Parking on Hildreth Lane . There is a traffic problem on this two lane road for two reasons. First there are no signs that limit parking along the road in spite of the continuous passage of vehicles by-passing their need to travel through the main hamlet of Bridgehampton. Second employees of the Citarella shopping center/café use the sides of Hildreth Road to park their cars because of the huge patron demand on the complex’s sole existing parking facility. The resulting traffic demands on Hildreth Road are at their highest at exactly the same periods that the parking demands on the Citarella parking lot hit their zenith. The CAC requests relief from this problem by the posting of limited or no parking signs along this vulnerable traffic location. This effort will be pursued by Alejanndro Saraleguia and Christine Smith with support by Councilwoman Nancy Graboski.
6. Councilwoman Nancy Graboski reported there are planned upcoming votes scheduled by the Town Board concerning amendments to the present practice of issuing PDD variances throughout the Town. Members of the Bridgehampton CAC have historically been critical of the use of PDDs throughout the town of Southampton and particularly as they may impact the hamlet of Bridgehampton. Although the Town is taking steps to make this process more palatable, records show that the use of PDDs has been discouraged and opposed by the Bridgehampton CAC consistently for the past 15 years . In fact the practice has been debated in many meetings at intervals throughout this time span. Never has there been a positive resolution passed by present or past Bridgehampton CAC boards that supported or advocated the use of PDD legislation by the Town Board. The present Bridgehampton CAC once again voiced this position in its April 25, 2011 meeting